Stalking

Project Status:

Submissions closed

Start Date:

17/02/2021

Tabled in Parliament Date:

N/A

Reference

The Commission has been asked by Victoria’s Attorney-General to review Victoria’s responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the way the Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIO) system works in Victoria.

The Commission cannot change the law. We make recommendations to the Victorian Government, which it can choose to act on. The views of the community will help us to decide our recommendations, and thus contribute to reforming the law.

Submissions to this inquiry have closed.

Reporting

The Commission will prepare an interim report by 31 December 2021, and a final report by 30 June 2022.

Content warning

Some of the material on these pages may be confronting or disturbing.

Need help now?

If you are experiencing being stalked now and you need help, you should contact the police, or (in Victoria) the Victims of Crime Helpline: Call 1800 819 817  Text 0427 767 891.

In other states:

NSW Victims Access Line 1800 633 063
NSW Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123
QLD Victim Assist 1300 546 587
SA Victims of Crime 08 8204 9635
WA Victim Support Service 1800 818 988
NT Victims of Crime 1800 672 242
ACT Victim Support 1800 822 272
TAS Victims of Crime Service 1300 300 238

Ethical reporting

The Victorian Law Reform Commission encourages sensitive, ethical reporting of the issues related to this reference and requests that, wherever possible, the contact details of support services are included in media reports because people who have experienced stalking may have long lasting trauma.

Watch our video

Watch a video (below) explaining the work of the VLRC and the current inquiry. (‘Stalking’ begins at 15 mins 18 seconds).

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Stalking and law reform: the role of the VLRC

Lynne Haultain interviews Tony North QC, Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and Marie Barnard, team leader of the VLRC’s Stalking inquiry. The discussion covers the role and functions of the VLRC in general and its current law reform inquiry in particular. What is stalking, what are its effects on victims, how is technology involved, what can be done about it, and how can the community participate in the current inquiry? For more information and to have your say, visit lawreform.vic.gov.au/all-projects/stalking.

Project Stage

  • Terms of reference received
  • Submissions and consultations
  • Submissions closed
  • Final Report
  • Tabled in parliament

Publications

Publication Date

25/10/2021

The Commission received these submissions to its review of Stalking laws. Read more
Publication Date

This consultation paper outlines the issues with the current law and asks some questions about how the law could be reformed. Read More
Publication Date

26/06/2021

This consultation paper outlines the issues with the current law and asks some questions about how the law could be reformed. Read more
Publication Date

The Attorney-General provided the Commission with these terms of reference for the Stalking inquiry. Read more